It Seems Like Yesterday

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It was 1987. The weather was brilliant in the south of France. The couple was on holiday in Cap d’Antibes. The glamorous Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The perfect setting. I had arrived to photograph the illustrious Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and his beautiful wife, Sarah Brightman.

When we met, Sir Andrew looked at me like he had never seen a camera in his life before—which was, of course, not the case.  To my surprise, he looked to his publicist for what to do, how to stand, and how to sit. All I wanted was a pleasant picture of him with the lovely Sarah, who starred in his productions of The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End and on Broadway in the early ’80s.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for Service to Music; winner of seven Tony Awards, three Grammys, one Academy Award, seven Olivier Awards, and a Golden Globe; inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; the recipient of a 2006 Kennedy Center Honor—this is only a partial list of honors heaped upon Andrew Lloyd Webber over the years for his creative genius.

He was an incredibly prolific composer since the ’60s. Even today, three Andrew Lloyd Webber productions are on Broadway—a lively revival of Cats, the never-ending, rock-solid Phantom of the Opera, and a new addition to Webber’s catalog, School of Rock. Remember the first time you saw Phantom? Did you jump when the chandelier hit the stage?

After Gigi and I saw the terrific revival of Cats, I looked in the files for the photographs of Sir Andrew and thought this is the time to bring them out. After all, 1987 seems just like yesterday to me. What about you?